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Mary Hélène Douglas

Mary Hélène Douglas
Mary Hélène Douglas

Mrs Frederick Charles Douglas (Mary Hélène Jane "Suzette" Baxter), 27, was born in Montreal 4 April 1885, the daughter of a wealthy diamond merchant and banker. She was raised in the affluent Square Mile district of the city, where everyone called her by the nickname 'Zette.

When she was 24 she married Fred Charles Douglas, a medical doctor. 'Zette's mother financed a medical clinic on St. Famille St., so Douglas could go into business for himself, and she paid for his post-graduate studies in London in 1910. Her interference caused problems in the marriage. In the spring of 1911, Zette decided, against her husband's wishes, to go to Europe with her mother and her younger brother Quigg.

She boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a first-class passenger and shared cabin B-60 (?58) with her mother Hélène. She survived the sinking (probably in lifeboat 6) but when she returned to Montreal she contracted a mild case of polio and needed a leg brace to get around. Her husband became an alcoholic and lost his hospital privileges and eventually moved to Sherbrooke, Quebec. After her mother died in 1923, Zette Baxter left her husband and went to live with a Montreal stockbroker, Edgar Cole Richardson.

In the early 1930's they moved to Redlands, California, to a house at 715 West Clark St. There, according to her nephew, she lived, surrounded by "mothballs and memories," until her death there on 31 December 1954.  

Mary is buried in Hillside Memorial Park, Redlands, San Bernardino County, California (Block Original 05, lot 1041, Space 5) as Suzette Baxter Richardson

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Mary Hélène Douglas (née Baxter)
Age: 27 years and 11 days (Female)
Nationality: Canadian
Marital Status: Married to Frederick Charles Douglas
Last Residence: in Montréal, Québéc, Canada
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17558, £247 10s 5d
Cabin No. B58/60
Rescued (boat 6)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Friday 31st December 1954 aged 69 years
Buried: Hillside Memorial Park, Redlands, California, United States

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References and Sources

Certificate of Baptism
Alan Hustak (1999) Titanic: The Canadian Story. Véhicule Press. ISBN 1 55065 113 7

Newspaper Articles

The Globe (16 April 1912) Many Canadians on Fated Steamer
Edmonton Daily Bulletin (30 April 1912) TWO CANADIAN SURVIVORS AND A VICTIM OF THE TITANIC
Quigg Baxter, Mrs Baxter and Mrs Douglas

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John Baxter, Canada
Trevor Baxter, UK
Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden
Phillip Gowan, USA
Alan Hustak, Canada